Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist revolves around apprentice and mentor relationships, whether the mentor being human, divine or animal, Santiago's choices are influenced by them; this can concept can be carried over to the relationship between a father and his son, the bible, and a veteran and his dog.
“But the sheep had taught him something even more important: that there was a universal language in the world that everyone understood, a language the boy had used throughout the time that he was trying to improve things at the shop. It was the language of enthusiasm, of things accomplished with love and purpose, and as part of a search for something believed in and desired. Tangier was no longer a strange city, and he felt that, just as he had conquered this place, he could conquer the world.” (Coelho 62)
Chad Miron is veteran of the war in Afghanistan. After serving one tour in the Canadian Military Chad returns home to find out he is suffering from PTSD. From then on Chad becomes a shut-in from society. Chad is taught to cope with strangers again as the dog helps influence his day to day decisions.
“Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you,” said the wisest of wise men. “The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.” (Coelho 32)
"And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits; And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats." Jesus had his twelve disciples which were his closet followers of whom he most greatly influenced with his divinity.
""So what should I do now?" the boy asked. "Continue in the direction of the Pyramids," said the alchemist. "And continue to pay heed to the omens. Your heart is still capable of showing you where the treasure is." (Coelho 136)
“I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love." Jimmy Carry expresses his father's role as a mentor to him both through childhood and into young adulthood.
In Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist mentor's are seen through out the book in divine, human, and animal forms which can also be found in the following: Jim Carrey's Commencement Address at the 2014 MUM Graduation, Chad Miron's CBS Documentary, and the Bible. All of the mentor's influence their apprentices choices.